Yesterday, in light of the apparent drug overdose by Philip Seymour Hoffman and his own five months of sobriety, Desperate Housewives star Shawn Pyfrom took to his blog and shared with the world that he is an alcoholic and drug addict.
i just read the news about mr. philip seymour hoffman, and against the advise of others; i had to write this open letter. i can’t stay quiet anymore about this…
i am an alcoholic and a drug addict.
and yesterday i celebrated five months of sobriety. i’m relatively new to being sober, considering the scope of time that i’ve been an addict. but within that scope, this is also the longest i’ve been sober; since i began using. i’m not sure what to approach first, with regard to this letter — my head is still spinning from the news. i even question whether or not i should publish this, as i type out these words. but if these words can encourage someone to hold on to their life… to keep from ever using, or to find the strength to stop; then it’s more important that these words are shared. i’ve considered what’s at stake, for myself, by sharing this – but i find myself without regard for that. i won’t allow my selfish needs to get in the way of potentially reaching another human being’s life.
You can read his entire post here.
Thinking the best for Shawn, and hope that his open letter touches someone who may need their own help with addiction.